Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova was raped and killed this month, and though it as yet unclear whether her murder was linked to her work, her killing spread fear through the media, reflecting not just a tense atmosphere for journalists in the country, but in the region.

Marinova was murdered just shy of the one-year anniversary of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder. Caruana Galizia was one of the most well-known journalists in Malta, working to expose corruption and criminal activity. On Tuesday, scores of Maltese hit the streets demanding answers from the government.

Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was also investigating alleged political corruption when he and his partner, Martina Kusnirova, were killed in February. Kuciak’s murder also sparked protests and prompted the resignation of Prime Minister Robert Fico and his government. In September, prosecutors charged three people with the killings.

In this episode, The Stream will ask a panel of experts whether this is the beginning of a worrying pattern and what can be done to ensure accountability.  Join the conversation on Thursday.


On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:


William Horsley @aej_int
Media Freedom Representative, Association of European Journalists


Atanas Tchobanov @BivolBg
Editor-in-Chief, Bivol.bg


Laurent Richard @laurentrichard0 ‏
Founder and Executive Director, Forbidden Stories


Drew Sullivan @DrewOCCRP
Editor/Co-founder, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project


Read more:
Germany arrests suspect over killing of Viktoria Marinova - Al Jazeera
‘There is a complete cover-up’: A year on, family of murdered Maltese journalist despair - Independent
Ján Kuciak’s last story: Italian mafia’s tentacles reach into Slovak politics - Politico


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